COD Leadership

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Meet the Committee on Design leadership

You can contact any leader by logging into AIA and using the "Send Message" function on the leader's profiles linked above. 

Chair

Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA
Fentress Architects
Denver, CO

Organizational Chart

View the 2020 COD organizational chart

Staff

Susan Parrish, Director
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Our Mission

The Committee on Design (COD) Knowledge Community was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally. The Committee on Design is led by a volunteer advisory group of eight architects and an adjunct leadership team of 16 additional individuals.  

In realizing our mission, we promote a range of activities intended to encourage a dialogue on the art of building. Our goals are:

  • to examine and promote knowledge of contemporary design issues;
  • to compare current design and historic precedents;
  • to learn from the contrast or progression of ideas;
  • to advocate leadership roles for architects within the fields of design and planning.


In addition to visits to and consideration of great architecture, COD also nominates candidates for many of the AIA's most important design awards and organizes design related events at the AIA Conference on Architecture. Volunteer assistance and corporate sponsorships are always welcome.

Question? Contact our communications coordinator, Susan Chin at susan@designconnects.com.

Get involved!

The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. We strive to be an inclusive Knowledge Community representing diversity of thought, geographic diversity, both traditional and non-traditional practice and as well as providing opportunities for seasoned professionals, associate members, and young architects.

We're looking for enthusiastic people who want to help make our profession better. If you have an interest in becoming active in a leadership role, please reach out to staff or anyone on our leadership group.